Current Government Affairs Issues

Stay current with the most recent and pressing issues affecting our industry.

FOMC Statement: All Eyes on December

Posted on September 22, 2016

The statement released following the September meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) fell in line with market expectations as the committee chose to keep the federal funds rate unchanged. The Committee’s asses...

Developers Push Back Against Burdensome Infrastructure Costs

Posted on September 16, 2016

Every new development project whether residential, office or commercial, places added demand for infrastructure and other public facilities such as roads, parks, schools and public transportation. For much of the 20th cent...

NAHB to EPA: Lead Paint Rule Needs Revising

Posted on September 16, 2016

NAHB filed comprehensive comments with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last week asserting that in its current form, the Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting rule is an inefficient tool for achieving the environmen...

HBA Political Forecast Breakfast – October 12

Posted on September 16, 2016

Hosted by HBA-PAC November election results will shape the future in both Kansas and Missouri. The HBA Political Forecast Breakfast is your chance to get the scoop from two prominent and well-respected political journalist...

OSHA Appoints New Director for its Construction Directorate

Posted on September 13, 2016

Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels has selected Dean McKenzie as the new director of the agency’s Directorate of Construction. McKenzie served as director of OSHA’s Office o...

New Data Available on Fire Sprinkler Mandates

Posted on September 7, 2016

Voting members of the International Code Council will once again consider an amendment to move the requirement to install fire sprinkler systems in one- and two-family homes from the main body of the International Residential...

Join Us for the HBA Political Forecast Breakfast Oct. 12

Posted on September 1, 2016

November election results will shape the future in both Kansas and Missouri. The HBA Political Forecast Breakfast is your chance to get the scoop from two prominent and well-respected political journalists as they share what ...

Vote for Housing Aug. 2

Posted on July 29, 2016

The importance of the Primary Elections on Aug. 2 cannot be overstated. A great deal is at stake, especially on the state and local levels – the policies involving taxes, transportation, and the border war that will shape o...

Missouri Governor Signs Bill Prohibiting Fire Sprinkler Mandate

Posted on July 20, 2016

In a victory for Missouri home builders, Governor Nixon finally signed SB 732 into law on July 8, permanently removing the sunset on fire sprinkler legislation.  Missouri Statute already prohibits the state and municipalitie...

Theft at Construction Sites

Posted on July 7, 2016

The Shawnee Police Department held a meeting on June 30 regarding the problem of theft at construction sites.  The city has seen an increase in the number of reported thefts in the past several months and wants to work proac...